Digital Printing for Wood: Advantages in Finishing

By Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/24/2014 2:22PM


Hymmen, Digital Printing Relatively new to the woodworking industry, digital printing can be used in a variety of applications, including: furniture, flooring, store fixtures and point-of-purchase displays, wall paneling and even cabinetry.

The following are some of the advantages offered with a digital print finishing system:

Total Design Flexibility
Virtually unlimited design options, including: woodgrains, patterns, logos and photographs.

High Image Quality
High-quality, high-resolution images can be produced. In some cases, a “photo-like” appearance.

Production or Batch Size One
Fast setup on these machines enables woodworkers to print one or one thousand, quickly and easily.

Substrate Versatility
Images can be printed on a variety of substrates, including: composite panels, veneer, plastics, decor paper, edgebanding and more.

Fast Turnaround
Short turnaround times get products to market faster — all while providing design appeal on demand.

Low Labor Requirements
Unlike older print screen processes, which can be labor intensive, digital printing can be performed with minimal personnel.

Enhances Low-Cost Materials
Can give composite panels, plywood or off-spec veneers the look of high-priced or rare veneer species. Low-cost flooring also can be enhanced with printed exotic grains.

No Downtime
Unlike with many other wood finishing systems, no physical setup or cleanup time is required.

Production Integration
Digital printers can be integrated into existing production lines as a bypass solution to traditional finishing methods.

Large Color Spectrum
CMYK ink systems, UV or water-based systems available.

Sources: Hymmen, Cefla North America, Durst, Stiles Machinery and Dieffenbacher


About the Author

Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at or Google+.

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